10 April 2019 | Tennis West

WA’s young gun Zach Viiala will join team mates Jeremy Zhang (NSW) and Alex Despoja (SA) at the ITF Junior Tennis Finals in Projestov, Czech Republic in August later this year.


Travelling with the team will be WA ‘s Talent Development Manager and coach Damian Ward. 


The trio, who last week finished second in the ITF World Junior Tennis Asia / Oceania qualifying event in  Kuala Lumpur, played an impressive tournament across the six days of competition.  Overcoming Sri Lanka, Uzbekistan, Korea, India and China in qualifying, the Aussie boys’ will now battle it in the Finals against qualification zone winners from Africa, North/Central America, South America, Europe.


The Finals appearance sets up a chance for the Aussie team to be crowned ITF World Junior Tennis champions.


WA’s Talent Development Manager and coach Damian Ward says the teams performance throughout the week was outstanding.


“Without a doubt the boys have all grown from the experience, both on and off the court,”


“I’m very proud of all of the boys, they worked incredibly hard throughout the qualifying tournament to secure a Finals position. I couldn’t be prouder of their efforts,” said Damian.


The ITF World Junior Tennis Finals will be played in Projestov, Czech Republic form the 5-10 August 2019.


Former winners of the boys ITF World Junior Tennis includes ATP household names such as Rafael Nadal, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, David Nalbandian and Richard Gasquet.


The girls’ team, represented by WA’s Taylah Preston and Jessie Culley and QLD’s Hana Sonton competes from 8-13 April.